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Soft realtime concurrent/distributed functional language and runtime

Erlang is a functional programming language designed in the Computer Science lab at Ericsson in Sweden in the late 1980s. It is used to build massively scalable soft real-time systems with requirements on high availability. Some of its uses are in telecom, banking, e-commerce, computer telephony and instant messaging. Erlang's runtime system has built-in support for concurrency, distribution and fault tolerance.

The Erlang distribution also includes OTP (Open Telecom Platform) which provides a rich set of libraries and applications providing middle-ware to develop these systems. It includes its own distributed database, applications to interface towards other languages, debugging and release handling tools. This package also contains code examples and the Erlang editing mode for Emacs.


Online documentation available at:

There is also a Wikibook on Erlang programming at:

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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 17 March 2016.


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